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Readers Fair: May 20 at Main Library

Main Library 
from 9:15 a.m.-12 p.m.
Meet and greet local authors, share books you have read, discover new titles, or attend a demonstration session to learn how to access eBooks and audiobooks with a library card. See detailed descriptions below.

We Are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel
by Herb Frazier, Bernard Powers and Marjory Wentworth
9:15 - 10:15 a.m. | Auditorium
This is the story of the events and aftermath of the Mother Emanuel church shooting on June 17, 2015. When the victims' families forgave the shooter via closed circuit video screen, they set a profound example for their city, the nation, and the world. We Are Charleston explores how the storied history of Emanuel AME Church relates the power of forgiveness and how God’s mercy can be revealed in the midst of tremendous pain.

Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid that Avenged Pearl Harbor
by James Scott
9:15 - 10:15 a.m. | Meeting Room B

Four months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Jimmy Doolittle raided and bombed parts of Tokyo's industrial complex with the help of 16 planes and various crews whose efforts altered the course of World War II. While some of Doolittle's comrades made it to China, others faced starvation and torture within Japanese prison camps. Scott recounts the story of the Doolittle raiders from both Japanese and American perspectives, and Target Tokyo earned him recognition as a 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist.

Class: CCPL's Digital Media Resources by Tech Team Staff
9:15 - 10:15 a.m. | Second Floor Classroom

Learn about CCPL's eBook and audiobook collection, and practice using the library website and related apps to check out books from OverDrive, OneClickdigital and hoopla. Review lending restrictions and additional features during this demonstration. No registration required.

Blind Match Book Share: Table for 48 Experiment
10:15 - 11 a.m. | Auditorium

Join a fun social experiment, and share book recommendations during brief conversations with fellow readers. Come prepared with a short plot description for a digital or print library book you've enjoyed, and learn about potential titles to add to your reading list. To register, please submit your name, a book title and two-sentence plot description to schwengels@ccpl.org, or call 843-805-6943 by May 17.

Ocean of Insight: A Sailor's Voyage from Despair to Hope
by Heather Lyn Mann
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Second Floor Classroom

Ocean of Insight is a chronological account of the disaster and discovery that Heather Lyn Mann experienced during the six years she lived in a small sloop on the Atlantic Ocean. During her time at sea, Mann witnessed sinking ships, life-threatening storms, societies on the brink of extinction, a pirate scare, and more. This memoir relates life-affirming lessons about nature, fearlessness, resilience, happiness and compassion. Mann is a spiritual ecologist and retired founder/director of the Center for Resilient Cities.

Jackpot: High Times, High Seas, and the Sting that Launched the War on Drugs
by Jason Ryan

11 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Meeting Room B
During the golden age of marijuana trafficking in the 1970s-1980s, some of the country's most prominent kingpins included a group of wayward and fun-loving South Carolinians who forsook college educations to sail drug-laden luxury sailboats across the Mediterranean, the Atlantic and the Caribbean. Les Riley, Barry Foy and their comrades eschewed violence as much as they loved pleasure, but greed, lust, disaster at sea and the law ultimately caught up with them. South Carolina's Operation Jackpot was one of the largest drug investigations ever launched and an opening volley in Ronald Reagan's War on Drugs.